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Seattle’s car megatunnel is here. Can the city still lead on climate?

With Bertha completing its long-delayed, expensive trip under Seattle, much of the focus understandably goes to cost and traffic concerns. What often doesn’t make the…

Beneath downtown Seattle, Bertha faces biggest test

The Seattle Mariners and the tunnel boring machine Bertha are following similar arcs lately. After years of wallowing in failure, both have shown a bit…

Have we learned anything from Bertha’s last sinkhole?

Four months after Bertha, the largest tunnel boring machine in the world, caused a 250-cubic-foot sinkhole to open up on Seattle’s waterfront, that same machine…

Bertha permitted to move 150 feet forward – will she make it?

Six weeks after Gov. Jay Inslee halted work on the Highway 99 tunnel, he gave the green-light Tuesday to restart Bertha, the beleaguered tunnel-boring machine…

Bertha: The big risks may lie ahead

We’re coming up on the second anniversary of Bertha’s big break down. The tunnel diggers hope to have her boring again on Dec. 23. If…

Bridges are tying Seattle in knotty questions

Bridges are spanning the news cycles lately. It’s a timely trend because, as you probably didn’t know, October is “Bridge Month” at the Washington State…

Seawall could sap funding for bridges and bikes

In city government, money is often a zero-sum game. So with the revelation that the seawall replacement project is both over budget and behind schedule comes the…

New Bertha delay, and little confidence it’s the last one

The tunnel-boring machine Bertha, already idle now for more than 20 months, is now expected to need until November 23 to begin work again, three…

Guest Opinion: What happens if Bertha fails?

The citizens of Washington and, in particular, Seattle are experiencing an unexpected drama: the construction of a waterfront tunnel. Bringing it to a decent conclusion may…

Bertha’s tunneling likely delayed past August

Last March, the tunnel contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners introduced an “aggressive” schedule for repairing the tunnel-boring machine Bertha. Now it appears STP was probably a…

In the who-broke-Bertha contest, score one for STP

On days like today we get a pinhole view into just how complicated the post-Bertha dispute resolution could be. In a recent decision, the tunnel…

Bertha rises to the surface, one piece at a time

When it comes to the tunnel-boring machine Bertha (to quote the Velvet Underground), “the first thing you learn is you always gotta wait.” But after a…

What Mayor Ed Murray said at Civic Cocktail

Even with an experienced politician like Mayor Ed Murray, setting can make a difference.  The warm space at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom lent to a…

Legislative leaders spare Bertha

A Washington Senate bill to pull the plug on Bertha is dead — pretty much on arrival. "It's not going to have a hearing. It's…

Tensions rise over Bertha project

Communications between the state and city regarding the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program have been as strained as the project itself, with each department's officials…

The Elephant in the Room: Is Bertha toast?

Seattle's multi-billion dollar Viaduct replacement tunnel is in trouble — and has been, for a year. The shaky waterfront portion of Highway 99 has been…

The Bertha mess: Did Seattle bring it on itself?

When Seattleites went to the polls about the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement, they never really got to weigh in on Bertha, despite what some say.…

WSDOT may have to re-bury Bertha

Perhaps the biggest problem with the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program is that the problems are not clear. Amid issues of contractual obligations, a faulty…

Happy Bertha-day? The frustrating year since the tunneling turned to waiting

December 7th, a day which has long lived in infamy, now marks more than just the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was on this day…

Bertha may have dodged a big bullet on dig material

A shell deposit that stopped the digging of the Bertha rescue pit in Pioneer Square appears likely to be of non-Indian origin, according to sources.…

The dirt on Bertha

Seattle Tunnel Partners has just started digging the 120 by 80-foot Bertha rescue shaft — otherwise known as an "access" or "repair" pit — on…

In the belly of the Bertha

Because "the SR 99 tunnel work zone...has changed significantly since July 2013," KaDeena Yerkdan, the manager of communications for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program,…

Bertha: Wasting money while the Viaduct risks grow?

Have you ever let your mind wander to the question of what happens to Alaskan Way Viaduct traffic if an earthquake occurs, making it unusable…

Bertha at rest: How much will the delays cost?

Poor Bertha. She deserved better. Bertha Knight Landes, that is, Seattle’s first and only woman mayor. In fact, Bertha Knight Landes was the first female…

Bertha’s fix-it team hits its own delay

Constructing the pit needed to fix Bertha, the machine digging the Highway 99 tunnel in downtown Seattle, is taking longer than expected, the megaproject's main…